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Capital University senior Nate Nasrallah, a member of the Crusader football team for the past three years, was selected for and will play in the inaugural Dream Bowl this Monday at Salem Stadium in Roanoke, Va.
The game, which features almost 80 of the best NCAA Division III and NAIA student-athletes from around the nation, pits the Crusaders against the Patriots. Ironically, Nasrallah, a defensive lineman, will not compete for the Crusaders, but for coach Jerry Flora of William Paterson (N.J.) and the Patriots.
Nasrallah, a Norton, Ohio, native, recently concluded a decorated career as a member of the Capital football team. He became the school’s first CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American since 2006 after posting a 3.98 cumulative grade point average through the spring 2012 semester. Nasrallah, who became eligible for Academic All-American status after being selected first team All-District VII, will graduate this spring with a bachelor’s in philosophy and pre-law with minors in history and political science.
Nasrallah earned honorable mention All-Ohio Athletic Conference accolades for the second year in a row in 2012 after leading the team and ranking third in the conference with nine sacks. He registered 50 tackles, including 11 for a loss, and forced a fumble. Nasrallah was also named Academic All-OAC for the second time in his career last month.
One of just three OAC student-athletes scheduled to participate in Saturday’s contest, Nasrallah tallied eight sacks, a team high, and 38 tackles in 2011, his first season as a starter.
The game, which kicks off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 1:30 p.m., caps a four-day weekend of events in the Roanoke area.